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this morning on "early today," tax break. lawmakers signal a possible deal on extending tax cuts. end of the line? a surprising warning about the world's reserves of internet addresses. and up in smoke. a texas football stadium is reduced to rubble within a texas football stadium is reduced to rubble within seconds. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with cutting a deal. as expected, a weekend vote in the senate took democrats'
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proposal to extend bush-era tax cuts for only some americans off the table. now with the clock ticking on this lame duck session of congress, lawmakers on both sides are signaling they may be ready to compromise and get a deal done. nbc's brian moore has our report. >> reporter: with time running out for the lame duck congress, republicans and democrats are softening their hard lines on extending the bush-era tax cuts. >> at least in theory, i think an agreement could be reached in a relatively near future. >> and you think so, too, senator? >> it could happen. i'm not going to rule it out. >> reporter: senate republicans rejected two different bills on saturday, insisting the tax cuts remain in place for everyone, not just the middle class. and without action, taxes go up for everyone on january 1st. but republicans say they're not going to let that happen. >> i don't think we can. i think that would be disastrous. >> reporter: democrats wanted to raise taxes only on the rich. >> i'd be willing to go along with a one-year extension so we can protect the middle class.
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>> reporter: president obama says he'll sit down with republicans this week, and come up with a plan. >> we've had more conversations in the last two weeks than we've had in the last two years. and i think that's a good sign. a growing awareness that the power's going to be more symmetrical in the next congress. >> reporter: translation, democrats are going to have to relearn the art of the deal if they want to get anything done. brian moore, nbc news, washington. more than a week after wikileaks began releasing secret embassy cables, the firestorm is far from dying down. now, it's been revealed that former australian prime minister kevin rudd once told the u.s. it should be prepared to use force against china if it could not be successfully integrated into the international community. meanwhile, the man behind wikileaks says he continues to receive death threats. nbc's peter alexander has the details. >> reporter: it's a secret cache of uncensored files that's been described as a poison bill. julian assange is threatening to
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unleash the archive of documents if his website is shut down or he's arrested. assange told online readers of a british newspaper that more than 100,000 people worldwide have already downloaded the heavily encrypted file. if something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically, he wrote. the huge array of files is believed to include documents on bp, bank of america, and guantanamo bay. with one reportedly called "insurance," locked by a 256-digit code that only assange knows. >> it's a ticking time bomb with a remote fuse. so, this bomb can go off the second that they release the key. and the key will spread around the internet in a matter of seconds. >> reporter: assange's lawyer defended a move on the bbc arguing wikileaks has been the target of cyber attacks and censorship. >> they need to protect themselves and this is what they believe to be a thermal nuclear device effectively in the electronic age. >> reporter: u.s. leaders
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continue to condemn the releases. with one republican telling assange a high-tech terrorist. >> he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. and if that becomes a problem, we need to change the law. >> reporter: the 39-year-old computer hacker is wanted for questioning by swedish authorities after allegations he raped and sexually molested two women in august. accusations he vehemently denies. even if he's arrested, it could be some time before assange is returned to sweden. >> i don't anticipate a final result within six months. >> that was nbc's peter alexander reporting. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. police in new york are looking for a shooting suspect who left a cab driver in critical condition. surveillance shows a clear picture of the suspect, who wrestled with the driver before pulling a gun. the 53-year-old victim was shot seven times, including once in the neck. texas christian university brought down part of its
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80-year-old football stadium yesterday. the planned implosion comes three weeks after the tcu horned frogs played their last home game and will make room for a $105 million renovation project scheduled to be completed in may of 2012. and an ohio man found an inventive way to power the christmas lights on his 500-feet-long driveway. he created wind-powered energy with a windmill he built himself. electricity is pumped into a set of golf cart batteries which, in turn, power the man's l.e.d. lights. for him, he says the ecofriendly project was just great learning. but for many other folks it could spark some holiy energy bill savings ideas. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, i have another energy savings i use at home. would you like to know? >> yes. >> my tree is about this big. it's literally like a foot. >> you have one of the snoopy
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trees. >> charlie brown trees. its in my pocket. a lot of people did their errands out this weekend and this is just a cold forecast. i mean, the temperatures have just plunged all the way down into florida this morning. we've got a powerful ocean storm that's backing up into the state of maine. but in general, the door has been opened up with the cold air just bleeding down from the north. and no one is being spared at this time. everyone, even south florida, is chilly this morning. right now, 51 is the windchill in miami. 31 in new orleans, 35 in orlando. so, the cold air's made it all the way down to the gulf. the worst of it is in the northern plains where we have negative windchills. right now it's 14 in boston, too, where a big football game is going to happen later on tonight. now as far as what we're looking at, lake-effect snow. the cold air moving over the warm lakes this time of year. it is all over the place. we have winter storm warnings for cleveland, erie, buffalo and up here to the syracuse areas. if you're driving anywhere near the lakes you will have to go through some snow during the day today. here's a look at the forecast, a lot of the big cities are cold
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and chilly but they're going to be snow-free. again, it's more or less right around the great lakes you'll have the travel trouble spots. one of the warmer spots in the rockies where the temperatures are kind of mild. that's a look at your monday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. cloudy skies and on and off snow today in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. we've had some on and off snow overnight. be careful driving this morning around there. cincinnati, ohio, cloudy and very cold for you, only 23 today. in minneapolis, 15. that's all we can do. tuesday forecast coming up, lynn, and that warm-up, going to have to wait. >> i thought so. all right, bill, thanks so much. also coming up, big ben on the defensive. more madoff fallout. and the latest changes on facebook. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus the film that gets to say it overpowered harry potter. coming up, the bcs title game is set. another injury for brett favre and tiger woods played well.
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good morning and welcome back to "early today," i'm lynn berry and here are some of your top headlines this morning. the white house says president obama called chinese president hu jintao last night to urge him to, quote, send a clear message to north korea that its provocations are unacceptable. meanwhile, south korea's military began live firing drills off its coastline this morning, brushing aside the north's warning that the new exercises could ignite a war. six world powers are holding their first nuclear talks with iran in more than a year today. the meetings in switzerland are taking place just one day after iran claimed a milestone in its disputed nuclear program, saying it has everything needed to produce nuclear fuel. russia's space agency investigated the failed launch of three of its navigational satellites yesterday. officials say the rocket
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carrying them did not reach orbit, and the satellites crashed into the pacific ocean. the failure is a sharp setback in the country's attempts to rival widely used gps technology here in the u.s. and experts are warning the number of available internet addresses around the world will be used up come january. however, people do not need to worry about being shut out. internet providers will begin using a new system, which will produce billions more addresses. and now here's an earley look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,382 after adding 19 points on friday. the s&p inched up three points, the nasdaq rose 12. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei shed 11 points, while in hong kong the hang seng fell 82. despite european debt woes, and friday's rough unemployment numbers, last week wall street not only held onto gains but rose, signaling to many
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investors are confident the latest rally will continue. many feel the markets are no longer so vulnerable. data certainly won't scare off traders this week, because there's not much. weekly jobless claims come in thursday and consumer sentiment friday. we'll see how investors react to fed chief ben bernanke's comments last night on cbs' "60 minutes." bernanke downplayed inflation fears, while warning that an extended period of unemployment could be the biggest risk for another, quote, slowdown in the economy. keep an eye on pfizer today. the company's ceo unexpectedly stepped down yesterday, after 4 1/2 years to, quote, recharge his batteries. the head of pfizer's global pharmaceutical operations will step in as interim chairman until a new ceo is elected. hsbc has been slapped with a $9 billion lawsuit by the man tasked with recovering losses for the victims of convicted ponzi schemer bernard madoff. the london-based bank is the latest accused of continuing to
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fuel madoff's funds despite red flags that should have caused it to intervene. reuters reports this morning, aol is exploring a possible breakup of its dial-up service from its ad business that could lead to a merger with yahoo! more changes on facebook. a radical redesign is putting the focus on individual data and photos, to ramp up personal appeal on the social site. and 1.5 acres of land in montana may sound like a great spot to build a rural getaway. but beware, this secluded $69,000 property was the former home of ted kaczynski, also known as the unabomber. loses a little curb appeal. well coming up, pittsburgh steals one in baltimore. peyton's woes continue. and tiger with a four-shot lead is unbeatable, right? plus, it's already been a miserable season for brett favre. now his record-playing streak is in serious jeopardy. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead.
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in weather, heavy lake-effect snow is the big story that continues into your tuesday. i'll give you your tuesday forecast coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, after doing what they had to do this weekend the nation's top two college
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football teams punched their ticket to the national championship game. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good monday morning to you. college football's bcs title game is set. no real surprise, number one auburn will play second ranked oregon for the national title on january 10th. first time either school has played for the bcs title. to the pros, steelers forced a turnover late in the fourth against the ravens. that set this up. ben roethlisberger hit isaac redman for the go-ahead score with about three minutes to play. pittsburgh won it 13-10. the cincinnati finish between the bengals and saints. under 40 seconds to play. drew brees, marcus colson in the end zone, saints win it. season isn't getting any easier for brett favre. had to leave the game against the bills after hurting his shoulder. he was sacked hard from behind, and to add insult to injury, he was picked off on the play. he'll have an mri today. thankfully there was nothing wrong with adrian peterson's back because he carried the vikings. they won 38-14.
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what in the world has gotten into peyton manning? four picks against the cowboys. this one in overtime set up dallas for the game-winning field goal. the 38-yarder for the win. cowboys upset the colts 38-35 in o.t. california, now, for the chevron world challenge. probably the best tiger woods has looked all year. still not enough. his second approach a few feet from the pin on 18. u.s. open champ graeme mcdowell needed this to force a playoff and he drained it. that was the first playoff hole, oddly enough, 18th hole again, mcdowell similar putt, same result, he sank it and was up a stroke. tiger needed this to keep it going but pushed it wide right. woods blew a four-stroke lead and graeme mcdowell won the chevron world challenge. that's your early look at sports on "early today," i'm fred roggin. hollywood's real-life murder mystery takes yet another odd twist. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, in the art world, beauty is often in the eye of
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the beholder, but what if you can't see it? you're watching "early today."
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well, welcome back. here's something you don't see every day. a storm system in maine that's coming in from the canadian maritimes. it's what we call backing up from the ocean. so the snow is actually moving from east to west, which is very unusual. heavy snow is expected today in the state of maine north of augusta. so if you're driving in that
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area, you're going to need probably the shovel in the back of the car. it could be that heavy. here's what we're looking at. the rest of the country, a lot of heavy lake-effect snow out there today affecting erie, cleveland, syracuse from buffalo. rockies are looking okay. as you take a peek at your tuesday forecast, not a lot of changes. still some snow showers out there, even new york city and all of new england have a chance for a few flurries. but i think the heavy lake-effect snow will be the big story over the next couple of days. well if you're watching us on wlwt news 5, cincinnati, ohio, explore some of the queen city's greatest artists. view an exhibit of 19th century local painters at golden age of cincinnati art, at the mary ran gallery. and that's your "early today" event of the day. >> thanks. and now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. minor upset this weekend at the box office. in the battle of the kid flicks. "tangled," the animated comedy update of the classic fairy tale rapunzel took the number one
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spot with $21.5 million. "harry potter and the deathly hallows, part 1" which has been on top the two previous weekends finished in second with a much lower than expected $16.7 million. elsewhere, the mystery over the killing of hollywood publicist ronni chasen continues to swirl after a los angeles tv station reported ballistic tests show the gun that person of interest, harold smith, used to kill himself when approached by police last week was not the gun used to kill chasen. police reportedly now speculate smith, a to-time convicted felon, made up his boast about killing chasen. but when approached by police with a gun in his pocket, shot himself, rather than go back to prison. chasen's brother insists to "the new york times" he believes his sister's death was a road rage incident. just every day sort of a nugget comes out that adds to the mystery. but at the end of the day for the family members, everything,
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it's just a terribly tragic story. >> i need a "dateline" special now. >> you want to know the answers to it because you almost can't script it. this comes from wtvj, news channel 6 in miami, florida, where one artists work is not only breathtaking but may actually cause you to hold your breath. the sculptures are so small, without microscopes they're just a speck of dust. he even accidentally inhaled one of his creations. the sculptures from basketball star shaquille o'neal to little miss muffet are credited with materials like carpet fibers or even grains of sand, and then they're placed in the eye of a needle or on top of a pinhead. unbelievable. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today." just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning, everyone. we're off to a chilly start on this monday morning. there could be some snow flurries falling around her 30 degrees at the airport. the wind chills are running in the teens. breezy and cold conditions today. a chance for a few patchy snow flurries and high temperature of about 38 degrees. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> 4:57.
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here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> a sad morning for ravens fans. details on the heartbreaking defeat. >> a tough decision on fourth down. i have that part of the story. it looks like >> they might make a deal. what republicans might have to give up to get tax breaks extended for all americans. >> we have several problem spots already th
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> i am lisa robinson. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. . >> we have a breeze already. we're starting out in the 20's already. yo


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